Victor Alfred Lundy was 21 years old when he was shipped out to Europe, in August 1944. D-Day and the army had changed his plans from architecture, to the infantry.
Victor enlisted in the army in December of 1941, the day after the bomb was dropped on Pearl Harbour. He was accepted into the Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP), established to prepare officers who would be responsible for the reconstruction of war torn Europe. Victor was sent to the University of Maine and trained for eight months. The ASTP was then abandoned and all soldiers in the program became infantry.
Victor kept sketch books during his training in Fort Jackson, North Carolina and later when he arrived in Europe. His drawings during training in the USA are often of men resting, playing cards and waiting for their war to start. Once in England, then France, it’s a different story. He recalled years later:
“August 25th 1944, there’s a sketch which says ‘overseas at last,’ and since then, I realized we were part of a very significant occasion…this is real.”
Victor arrived in France on 7 September 1944. Here are a selection of Victor’s Normandy sketches, drawn at the end of days and in short breaks, revealing an American soldier’s first impression of France, in WW2.
View the Victor Lundy archive in the Library of Congress
Victor survived the war and became a highly respected architect. He is still alive today, age 94.
Read about his life here.